THE SE­CRET TO HIS U.S. SUC­CESS

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Sul­li­van Sta­ple­ton is dis­cov­er­ing pretty quickly that ev­ery man and his dog has an opin­ion when you’re star­ring on a ma­jor US tele­vi­sion show.

“I read a re­view the other day, and the per­son said I was a s--- ac­tor, and that I was aw­ful,” snorts the af­fa­ble Aussie on the New York set of hit new show Blindspot, where he plays FBI agent Kurt Weller.

“I got all riled up for a minute, and then I thought ... peo­ple like our show, and that’s all that mat­ters. It’s the fans who keep you in a job, not some guy writ­ing a re­view.”

In its de­but sea­son, fans have flocked quickly to Blindspot, the story of “Jane Doe” (Jaimie Alexan­der), a woman with no mem­ory but whose tat­tooed body reads like a road map of clues to var­i­ous crimes.

(Sta­ple­ton’s FBI agent Weller is thrown in with “Jane” be­cause she has his name inked be­tween her shoul­ders, and no one knows why.)

De­spite the crit­ics, the ac­tor is en­joy­ing the ride.

“It’s dress-ups for adults — you chuck on a flak vest, get some guns, blow up some trucks. It’s make-be­lieve, and it’s fun,” he says.

The long hours on a 22episode sea­son, though, are an­other mat­ter.

“The sched­ule is a killer — it’s never end­ing,” he says, be­fore laugh­ing. “But what a s--- thing to be whinge­ing about as a work­ing ac­tor.”

In­deed, the past few years have been good for the 38-yearold Aussie. He cred­its his role in the ac­claimed 2010 Aus­tralian film An­i­mal King­dom for kick­ing off his ca­reer in the US.

“It’s the rea­son I’m sit­ting here,” he says. “It opened a lot of doors. I owe so much to David Michod and that film, that I had it tat­tooed on my arm.” BLINDSPOT, CHAN­NEL 7, SUN­DAY, 8.30PM

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